Tree Trimming

City's Responsibility

The City is responsible for tree trimming along public city streets as necessary to maintain safe road conditions. 

Hennepin County & State Responsibility

Hennepin County is responsible for tree trimming along County Roads, and the State of Minnesota is responsible for Highway 12 tree trimming.

Utility Companies

The utility companies may also complete tree trimming to maintain clearance for utility lines.

Reasons for Tree Trimming

  • Trees growing into the power lines
  • Obstruction of view in a right-of-way
  • Tree growing or leaning in the right-of-way or on the roadways
  • Storm damage - trees down or partially down, obstructing the right-of-way

Orono Code, Section 78-1285: Permit to Plant or Remove Trees

To ensure the safe operation of roads the City should be contacted before trimming any trees overhanging streets.  It is a misdemeanor for any person to plant or remove any tree upon or overhanging streets without first procuring from the city a permit in writing to do so.

Reporting Problems

To report a tree down or one of the above four conditions, please call the Public Works Department during business hours.